Thank You, Ruby Bridgesby Tiyana H.

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Dear Ruby,

I am Tiyana H., age 10, from Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii. Our room 402 classroom was reading books about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he fought for freedom and dreamed that all races would be able to stand together as one.

Rosa Parks was also a brave woman who went to Martin Luther King Jr. when she had a bus incident. She did not give up her seat to a white man or move to the back of the bus, after she already paid for her ticket.

Your book “Ruby Bridges” really made me think about racism. I am a girl with many different nationalities. I am African American, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Philipino, and Danish. I live on an Island with many different races/cultures I don’t feel racism due to this “melting pot” of people living, working, playing, and eating together.

I believe that because of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and you, I am able to live in a better world where everyone can stand together as one.

In your book “Ruby Bridges” you made me think about how much you showed aloha and lokomakai. Aloha means “love” and lokomakai means “kind and generous.” I chose these words to explain how your life was. You prayed for the people outside your school door and you showed both of these values at the same time.

I can’t believe you had to be escorted by federal marshals just to go to school. You have such a forgiving heart. You went through so much in your childhood.

I want to thank you for being such an amazing person, and for demonstrating that love is better than hate.

Ruby, you are my HERO!!!!

Tiyana H., 4th grade, Hawaii

"Thank You, Ruby Bridges"

Click back to read more letters from this special report.